BLACK DECKER LSW36 Lithium Cordless

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The BLACK+DECKER LSW36 40V Lithium Ion Sweeper has an efficient design that easily clears debris from hard surfaces like patios, decks, walkways, driveways and garages. Its soft grip handle provides a… Read more…

How To Use A Leaf Blower

Using an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really lessens the time and effort it requires to eliminate leaves and debris from your yard. This annual autumn lawn maintenance ritual cleans up your yard, preserves your curb appeal, and helps your grass stay healthy. Fall is the season for football, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. Lots and plenty of leaves. So your option is a either a leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that are included with it. For people who want to work smarter not harder, here certainly are a few tips from the experts before getting started.

Safety First

Small sticks, leaves, grit, and other debris can certainly be blown into your eyes, so make sure to wear safety goggles or glasses when utilizing a leaf blower. Some models can generate between 70 and 75 decibels, that is not only annoyingly loud, but may damage hearing if ear protection is not used. Try earmuffs or soft foam plugs, both work well.

As with most landscaping type jobs, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and an excellent pair of gloves will protect you from dirt, cuts, and hopefully poison ivy. Never aim the leaf blower toward people or pets, except maybe cats (just kidding).

When to utilize your leaf blower to achieve the best results

Wet leaves are near impossible to blow, so find the calmest, driest day possible. Some local ordinances limit the operation of power tools to certain hours, so check the principles for your city before utilizing a noisy leaf blower early in the morning or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or sitting around outdoors must be used.

Things to blow

Other than fallen leaves leaf blowers can also:

Remove light snow from a walkway or car.
Remove cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Get rid of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the lowest spots in your driveway.

Plan an attack

Don’t fight the wind, try and work with it rather than against it. Start at the edges, especially near shrubs and trees, and blow toward the center of your lawn. Break it up into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles rather than trying to blow all of it from one end to the other.

Using an old sheet or plastic tarp makes it very simple to maneuver everything in the event that you if you simply need to have it to the curb for pickup. But if they have to be put into bags, you’ll probably need to skip the tarp and stuff the bags by hand. Make use of a rake to finish up any stray bits. If your blower features a vacuum mode, that may move along the process.

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